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Landscape Pruning with the Professionals at Ground Zero

Just like your hair needs to be trimmed in order to grow thicker, quicker and stronger, so do your plants.

Ground Zero offers landscaping maintenance services to ensure that your property always looks lush and tidy.

Discovering new ways to promote vigorous plant growth is what we strive to do for our clients at Ground Zero.

The pruning of plants is next on our list and something that every AZ homeowner should consider.

What is Pruning?

Pruning intentionally removes dead branches and other unhealthy parts of plants, trees and shrubs.

Whether you’re pruning trees or pruning plants, it will improve the structure of any plant and restore its health.

Landscape pruning is beneficial because it allows the healthy portions of your plants to flourish while the delicate parts wither.

How to Prune

If you have no idea how to prune or why you are pruning, then slowly step away from the flowers.

Let the landscape maintenance professionals at Ground Zero tell you what you need to know about trimming your landscape.

In Arizona, pruning cuts should only be done at the right time of the year and when necessary.

Needs for trimming vary from no pruning to seasonal pruning, and depend on the plant species, landscape location and intended use of the plant.

Reducing density, maintaining health, managing the size and structure are the main reasons for pruning a tree or plant.

You should know when it is time to prune because the larger branches on your trees, flowers and fruit plants will outgrow themselves.

Pruning Guidelines

Take a look at our guidelines on how to prune a plant properly:

#1. Do not trim your plants unless you truly need to. If you must, remember that any and all flowering plants look best when they are allowed to grow in their natural form and habit. Keep in mind that shearing is the worst technique for trimming your plants or shrubs.

A few shrubs that require little to no pruning are: Buddleia, Dodonea, Larrea, Ruellia, Simmondsia, Justicia.

#2. You should prune spring flowering shrubs between February and June, after they bloom. The bud formation on their branches from the previous growing season allows these spring flowering shrubs to bloom in the late winter and early spring. If you remove the buds at this time, you will be removing the flowers as well.

Spring flowering shrubs include: Oleander, Feijoa, Senna, Rosmarinus, Eremophila, Encelia, Euphorbia, Carissa, and Calliandra.